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BitTorrent News brings in former Viceland and CNN producer

BitTorrent News brings in former Viceland and CNN producer

BitTorrent news, previously revealed in the form of a job posting, is official and it has brought in Harrison Bohrman as its first News Director. Bohrman has a solid background in the industry, having formerly served as Vice’s Viceland Senior Producer of Creative Development and, before that, having spent half a decade working at CNN.

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BlackBerry Classic has been officially discontinued

BlackBerry Classic has been officially discontinued

In late December 2014, BlackBerry introduced the return of a classic with its then-new BlackBerry Classic smartphone. Larger than the Q10 and better capable than BlackBerry devices of old, the Classic was praised by BlackBerry fans and regarded well enough by some critics. Still, the company has struggled to find a foothold in the modern smartphone market, and it has put many of its products to rest because of this. Today marks the official discontinuation of the BlackBerry Classic.

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Facebook Paper news app goes dark next month

Facebook Paper news app goes dark next month

Facebook Paper will be shut down late next month, the social network has revealed, with Facebook advising users via an in–app message that they will not be able to access the app after July 29. Though Facebook Paper had initially garnered good reviews back in 2014, it didn’t draw in any significant number of users if the app download numbers are anything to go by. The writing has been on the wall for a while, though, as Facebook never got around to releasing an Android version and it last updated the iOS app in March of last year.

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Karma Go gets passphrase support with new ‘Premium Features’

Karma Go gets passphrase support with new ‘Premium Features’

Karma Go users can finally setup a private network if they so wish, but it’ll cost extra. The feature arrives with Karma’s newly announced ‘Premium Features,’ a pay addition to one’s monthly data subscription that enables support for a passphrase. Once added, the hotspot will only be accessible to those who have the password (just like any other WiFi network), allowing you to limit who is able to get on it. This a big change for the shareable data hotspots, but gives subscribers one of their most requested features.

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AT&T promo gives subscribers a free movie ticket on Tuesdays

AT&T promo gives subscribers a free movie ticket on Tuesdays

AT&T, perhaps spurred by T-Mobile’s #GetThanked campaign, has announced a new promotion for its postpaid customers that will give them a free movie ticket when they buy one. Part of the “AT&T THANKS” program, the free ticket will allow subscribers to take a friend or significant other to the movies on a Tuesday for the price of one ticket instead of two, and it’ll be available every week per supplies and the length of the AT&T THANKS program.

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Hitachi will offer HD and 4K Roku smart TVs this fall

Hitachi will offer HD and 4K Roku smart TVs this fall

Hitachi is onboard to make Roku smart TVs, the company has announced. This upcoming fall, Hitachi will offer a line of Roku TVs with both HD and Ultra HD 4K resolution, all of them with various sized displays and Roku’s own OS. The televisions, as with the TCL and Hisense versions that have been available for a while, will give users access to Roku’s streaming channels while eliminating the need to have a separate set-top-box or Roku Streaming Stick.

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Amazon Video adds a bunch of Dolby Vision HDR movies

Amazon Video adds a bunch of Dolby Vision HDR movies

Amazon Video has added support for Dolby Vision HDR content, the company has announced. Service users located in the United States can now watch certain videos in Dolby Vision, assuming their television supports it. This new support joins Amazon’s previously launched UHD high dynamic range content, though depending on who you’re talking to, the Dolby Vision content is usually favored for having higher quality.

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Sigma sd Quattro camera launches next month for $799

Sigma sd Quattro camera launches next month for $799

Sigma introduced the sd Quattro cameras in February, but did not detail pricing or availability. That changed today, with the company (finally) dropping both details: you’ll be able to purchase the sd Quattro next month for $799 USD, a price that jumps to $999 USD if you purchase the camera bundled with the Sigma 30mm 1.4 DC HSM Art lens. The company will also be launching the new Sigma EF-630 flash next month for $379 USD, and a USB docking station for $79 USD.

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Apple Thunderbolt Display is being discontinued

Apple Thunderbolt Display is being discontinued

Apple is discontinuing its Thunderbolt display, the company has confirmed. The monitor, which is the only one Apple sells and has traditionally been slow on the updates, is still available to purchase through Apple's website, as well as Apple Stores and authorized retail stores for however long the existing supplies last. Once they're gone, though, they will be gone for good.

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Netflix taps Internet star Cameron Dallas for unscripted show

Netflix taps Internet star Cameron Dallas for unscripted show

Cameron Dallas, perhaps most popular via his Vine videos, has been tapped by Netflix for a new unscripted original series that, at this time, doesn’t appear to yet have a title. Netflix announced the new show on Wednesday, saying it will revolve around Dallas and a “close circle” of his friends while he works on building up his career and, presumably, going about whatever it is he does in a day.

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Ohio capital wins ‘smart city’ award, details self-driving plans

Ohio capital wins ‘smart city’ award, details self-driving plans

Ohio’s capital Columbus has won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City competition, and as such will get $40 million in federal funds and another $10 million from the company Vulcan. The city has detailed its plans for the money, saying the combined $50 million will be used alongside locally raised funds to, among other things, connect the impoverished community Linden with a nearby job center using self-driving vehicles.

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Instagram ‘Picked for You’ channels find videos you (probably) want to watch

Instagram ‘Picked for You’ channels find videos you (probably) want to watch

Instagram has announced a new feature called “Picked for You” that groups videos by each user's favorite interests and topics, making it easier to find new video content rapidly. These new "Picked for You" channels will be found under Explore, and will include everything from comedians to musicians and more. According to the company, it has seen users increase their video watch time on Instagram 150-percent over the past half year.

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